The Palace Of Versailles Just Opened Its First Luxury Hotel


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Have you always dreamed about spending the night at Château de Versailles? Well now, your fantasy has finally been realized with the opening of Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, this week.

Le Grand Contrôle is the first-ever hotel to ever open on these palatial grounds in Versailles’s 340-year history.

This luxury hotel marks the sixth property for the prestigious French hotel collection that comprises Les Airelles.

Before the pandemic, Versailles attracted more than 10-million visitors every year. Thus, it became one of the most popular tourist destinations.

Here’s a look inside at some of the hotel’s most exquisite details – 

The hotel is constructed within three historic buildings dating back to 1681. It will feature 14 regal rooms, suites and a designer suite. 

Moreover, an intimate dinner for two is created by the much-admired French chef Alain Ducasse.

There will also be boats and golf carts available for guests to explore the Grand Canal and gardens at their leisure, along with an exclusive tour of the Château and grounds.

Each morning, before the arrival of the general public, hotel guests are invited to join a tour of The Trianon and The Queen’s Hamlet (Le Hameau de la Reine) and different areas, including Marie Antoinette’s much-loved English Gardens and Louis XIV’s Grand Trianon. RENÉE KEMPS

All the 14 rooms on the property have been decorated in an elegant 18th-century style with authentic colors and fabrics, artwork and décor.

To keep up with the theme, each room is named after prominent personalities who have a strong attachment with the property. 

Also, there is a restorative spa by Velmont. Space features a hand-painted fresco and Carrara marble checkerboard floor, inspired by the Palace’s marble courtyard.

The guests could get to relax like royalty in the 50-foot indoor swimming pool, Hammam, sauna. Furthermore, they can go for various spa treatments such as a signature 90-minute Majestic Mirror facial.

With 20 Michelin stars to his name, Alain Ducasse has created a menu fit for the kings and queens of the world. The cuisine is inspired by Louis XIV’s meals.

The restaurant offers nonstop views onto the Orangery parterre and will serve a selection of recreated French classics, along with a dedicated Marie Antoinette afternoon tea.

The guests would get a royal treatment and the restaurant teams will be wearing period costumes. 

A bell will ring at 8 pm to signal the start of dinner, where guests will experience a five-course gourmet feast. It will include contemporary adaptations of 18th-century favorites like veau à la bourgeoise.

Rates at Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle start from €1,700 (around $2000). It includes a dedicated butler, daily tours of Château de Versailles and the Trianon as well as access to the Palace grounds


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